CSAC Bulletin Article

HCD Launches Housing Element Annual Progress Report Dashboard

April 23, 2021

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) recently released the housing element Annual Progress Report Dashboard. The dashboard is intended to provide useful housing-related data to policymakers, stakeholders, and the general public.

On April 1 of each year, cities and counties must submit an annual progress report (APR) with detailed information about the prior year’s housing progress and pipeline, as well as updates on their program commitments, to promote housing at all income levels.

The dashboard shows all the APR data — previously only available in multiple spreadsheets and PDFs — consolidated in one place and reformatted as easy-to-use graphs and charts. It also includes new data points that have never been published before, including updates on housing element program commitments, housing applications, and housing funding source information. This information is all available with built-in filters that allow users to customize their view and drill down to specific geographies and information. The dashboard will be updated this summer to include data received on the 2020 annual progress reports that were due on April 1, 2021.

Counties can use the APR dashboard to:

  • Track housing production data at different income levels, structure types, and geographies
  • Determine which cities and counties have HCD-certified housing elements and whether they have submitted their annual progress reports
  • Find out if a local government’s housing plan is compliant and whether the agency submitted its APR
  • Track changes and trends over time or view stand-alone trends
  • Explore how housing tools, such as SB 35 streamlining and density bonus, are being used

HCD will be hosting a webinar to walk stakeholders through the dashboard’s features on May 4, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The registration link for this webinar is available here.

Please note that all data in the dashboard is self-reported by local governments and is not independently verified by HCD. HCD provides technical assistance regarding the APR form and requirements. In addition, when accepting APRs, HCD has built-in safeguards that ensure all required data fields in the APR form are completed and will continue to explore ways to increase the accuracy of reporting.

If you have questions, please email apr@hcd.ca.gov.

The APR Dashboard is one of the interactive tools HCD is offering as part of its new Open Data Tools webpage, which is intended to democratize housing data and serve as a user-friendly portal for local governments, advocacy organizations, academia, and the general public.

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